Vandalism reported at Tiffin City parks

Parks and Recreation Department invested in cameras in 2021

TIFFIN, Ohio – Jan. 26, 2022 – Tiffin Parks and Recreation has been experiencing a substantial amount of vandalism in recent months. With the recent snowfalls, staff have noticed damage to the volleyball courts, basketball courts, parking lots and grass areas at Hedges-Boyer Park and other parks throughout the city.

The mission of Tiffin Parks and Recreation is to provide the people of Tiffin with full and equitable access to local parks, recreational programs, and leisure opportunities that enhance the quality of life in our community. With the vandalism that has occurred, the Parks Department and Tiffin Police Department have had to divert time and resources in an attempt to bring this to an end. Additionally, expenses may be incurred to repair damage to the basketball courts, which were surfaced in 2017 for $25,000.

Mason Correll, Recreation Operations Manager for the City of Tiffin said, “We ask you, as citizens of Tiffin and the surrounding areas and patrons of our local parks, to be vigilant while enjoying all that the parks have to offer. If you see something, please, say something. Together, as a community, we can make our parks even better.”

In 2021, the Parks and Recreation Department invested in a high-quality surveillance system with the hopes of preventing further vandalism to the parks. Additionally, due to a large amount of vandalism, specifically car donuts, to the parking lot of the former Vic Wurm baseball field at Hedges-Boyer Park, the department will be installing concrete barriers at the top of the hill in order to restrict vehicle traffic to the parking lot.

Tiffin Mayor Aaron Montz said, “These are not victimless crimes, and unfortunately result in a cost to taxpayers both through employees’ time and resources to address damage. City staff work hard to maintain our beautiful parks system, and it is heartbreaking to see this kind of unnecessary destruction.”

To report information about recent vandalism, call Tiffin Police Department at (419) 447-2323 or Tiffin Parks and Recreation at (419) 448-5408.